What is the Difference between Linux & Windows Swap Files

Linux and Windows Swap File Partition

Linux Swap File
Like Windows, Linux uses a certain amount of space for holding programs temporarily, when there is not enough available RAM to hold all the programs that are running concurrently. Generally, the least recently used program is copied from memory to a file on your hard drive until it is needed again, at which time the current least recently used program is swapped out in its place and the first program is loaded back into memory. This file is called a swap file in Windows in Linux, but in either case it is a form of data file that is read from and written to off and on as long as your system is running

Windows Swap File
Windows puts the swap file, a hidden system file with different names for different versions of Windows in the bootable data partition by default. By changing the CONFIG.SYS file a user can put the swap file in any directory in any partition on any drive they like. Linux, by default, requires a special swap partition in which to store the swap file


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